Chance to get on your bike for a deserving cause

A big bike ride to support the Macmillan Cancer Support charity is taking place in the district next month.

Cyclists will set off from outside The Langton Brewery in Thorpe Langton, on Saturday, May 9.

There are four different routes available; a 10-kilometre family ride, a 30-kilometre off-road ride, a 60-kilometre on-road ride and a 100-kilometre on-road ride.

The idea is that participants raise money for the Harborough branch of the charity through sponsorship, or simply through an entry fee on the day.

Entry is cheaper if you have £50 of sponsorship.

All routes will be signed, start and finish at the brewery, and go via the quiet lanes and tracks around south Leicestershire and Rutland.

The rides start between 8am and 10am for the longer courses, and from 10am to 11am for the family route.

Refreshments for riders and supporterswill be available throughout the day.

Co-organiser Alistair Chapman said: “These bike rides started originally when Macmillan was 100-years-old on 2011, and we had an event where we decided to get 100 cyclists to cycle 100 kilometres and raise £100 each for the charity.

“Now we hold it every two years, and it’s expanded into four different rides all of which start and finish at Grange Farm, where the brewery is based.

“We’ll have refreshments, cake, tea and entertainment, so it will be a nice, party atmosphere.”

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Last year, the town’s Macmillan branch raised an amazing £28,803 for the cause.